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PAINE, Halbert Eleazer

1826–1905

Biography

PAINE, Halbert Eleazer, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, February 4, 1826; attended the common schools; was graduated from the Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, in 1845; taught school for a season in Mississippi; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; moved to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1857 and continued the practice of law; entered the Union Army in May 1861 as colonel of the Fourth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers; promoted to the rank of brigadier general on March 13, 1863, and in the following June lost a leg at Port Hudson; brevetted major general on March 13, 1865, and resigned on May 15, 1865; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, and Forty-first Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1871); chairman, Committee on Militia (Fortieth Congress), Committee on Elections (Forty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1870; continued the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; through his efforts the taking of meteorological observations in the interior was inaugurated; appointed Commissioner of Patents by President Grant and served from November 1, 1878, to May 7, 1880; died in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1905; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: July 25, 1878. 1 official document. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

[Ladd, Story Butler]. Halbert Eleazer Paine. [Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1920].

Paine, Halbert Eleazer. Briefs and arguments. [N. p., n.d.]

------. Contested election, United States Senate, William H. Clagett v. Frederick T. Dubois, before the Committee on Privileges and Elections: Argument of Halbert E. Paine. Washington, D.C.: Gibson Bros., 1891.

------. Location of the Library of Congress. Considerations in favour of the site east of the Capitol. Washington, D.C.: Gibson Brothers, printers, 1881.

------. Reconstruction. Speech of Hon. Halbert E. Paine, of Wisconsin, in the House of Representatives, January 16, 1868. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1868].

------. Right of John P. C. Shanks, to be admitted to the House of Representatives of the Forty-third Congress, at its organization, as the Representative of the Ninth Congressional District of Indiana. [N.p., 1874?]

------. A treatise on the law of elections to public offices, exhibiting the rules and principles applicable to contests before judicial tribunals and parliamentary bodies. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1890.

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